What’s on the menu this Thanksgiving at the White House? Not Peas and Carrots! Peas and Carrots are the two South Dakota turkeys hoping to win a presidential pardon tomorrow and avoid ending up on the Trump family’s Thanksgiving table. True to its Washington roots, the annual tradition of the White House Thanksgiving turkey also includes a vote. The ballots decide which of the two official birds will be pardoned, and which one will be the alternate.
Cast your vote in the White House Twitter poll, but hurry! Time to vote is disappearing as fast as pumpkin pie. Voting ends Tuesday morning.
Choose between: Peas who was born on June 28, and weighs 39 pounds. According to his White House bio, Peas likes Brad Paisley music, popcorn, and ice fishing. His favorite pastime is watching airplanes and his life’s goal is to learn to fly. Carrots weighs in at a plump 41 pounds. He’s a fan of Elvis, M&Ms, yoga, and snow skiing. His life’s ambition is to meet the Virginia Tech Hokiebird, which is, of course, a turkey.
White House representatives selected and announced the birds’ official names, Carrots and Peas. The monikers were chosen from a list of more than 600 suggestions from South Dakota residents.
The turkeys were raised and handpicked from the flock of farmer Ruben Waldner on the Riverside Colony farm near Huron, South Dakota. This is the first time the official birds have come from south Dakota. Waldner also escorted the turkeys in an SUV on their trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The 1400-mile journey ended at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel a luxury hotel built in 1818 and also on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Leaked selfies indicate the young toms are taking out the stress of the big city by jumping on the beds. No word on if they racking up a tab at the famed Round Robin Bar or gobbling down the afternoon holiday tea at Peacock Alley.
On Tuesday, when President Donald Trump talks turkey, if he offers the birds a pardon, they will live out the rest of their days at Gobbler’s Rest – an agricultural outreach and educational facility at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.